Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
Fiction Fix, the online literary journal of the University of North Florida, has launched its 13th issue at
. In Issue 13, Fiction Fix features nine works of fiction, graphic literature by one comic artist and artwork by two artists.
In “Light” by UNF senior Elena Estevez, the reader is confronted by longing in a search for freedom to see, feel and belong to an existence that seems possible only in imagination. The piece’s duality strikes a chord and illuminates the ways connections to others bring comfort. Estevez currently studies English, pursuing careers in teaching and writing, and lives in Ponte Vedra Beach. “Light” is her first published work.
In this issue is “Another Trucker Story” by Robert Edward Sullivan, who resides in Corvallis, Ore., and also has works published in The Southeast Review, The Northville Review, EveryDayFiction and others. Also included is “The Shop” by Daun Daemon, who has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry since the late 1980s and currently teaches scientific communications at North Carolina State University, as well as the second installment of “Easy Pieces Comics” by Neil Dvorak,
who works in the animation and film industries in New York City
Artwork for Issue 13 comes from two distinct painters. Jason John’s style is a mix of Daliesque surrealism with a touch of photorealist modernism. John, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of North Florida, has had artwork featured widely among art and painting publications. His work can be seen up close and personal at two galleries in California, the WWA and Sylvia White Galleries. Allison Merriweather offers mysterious visions in worlds which are wholly her own. Merriweather, who has had numerous solo exhibitions, tells visual stories masterfully in an instantly recognizable style. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.
This issue’s Readers’ Choice winner, “Icebreakers” by Tagreid Hassabo, defines for us the utterances that most accurately describe the human experience, and it does so outside the confines of our dictionaries. After being introduced to Hassabo’s “namotions,” readers, too, may find more creative (and precise) ways of looking at life. Hassabo is a writer and translator of fiction, and her translations include
a novel by the Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz. She spent many years working and travelling as an international development expert in the Middle East and North Africa. She currently resides in Columbia, Md. and is devoted to writing fiction full time.
Two authors, Jennifer Clark and Ira Sukrungruang, share the Editor’s Choice Award in this issue. Clark’s “Tendencies” rises to the occasion as an exercise in ego-centrism in the most literal and physical sense. The narrator’s unusual magnetic attraction develops into a powerful tale of desire and restraint. Clark, a resident of Kalamazoo, Mich. will have her first book of poems, “Necessary Clearings,” published by Shabda Press in 2014. “Tell Us What You Want” by Sukrungruang is a comical examination of the life of a stay-at-home-dad whose sense of self slips away from him along with his community-theater actress wife. Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir “Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy” and his poetry collection, “In Thailand It Is Night,” which was awarded the Anita Claire Schraf Award, is forthcoming from the University of Tampa Press. He also teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong.
Fiction Fix was founded by UNF English instructor, author, musician and artist Mark Ari and UNF students in 2002.Its current and fourth editor-in-chief is UNF alumna April Gray Wilder. The journal promotes contemporary literature and art from across the United States and the world. For more information, contact Wilder at
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